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Walker Street, Northcote

Project update

Homes Victoria is delivering new social and market homes to give more Victorians a safe and secure place to call home.

The Walker Street, Northcote housing redevelopment is located just 5km north of Melbourne’s city centre, ideally positioned near public transport, community services, shopping precincts and key destinations including the Merri Creek and Ruckers Hill.

This housing development will replace 87 social homes that were not fit for purpose with 257 modern and well-designed new homes, including 106 social homes and 151 market homes, delivering a 21 per cent increase in social housing at the site.

The supply of new housing at Walker Street, Northcote will help tackle housing affordability and provide safe and secure accommodation for people who need it.

Homes Victoria has partnered with MAB including Brady Group as the builder, and experienced community housing provider, HousingFirst to deliver this project. Once construction is complete, all social housing at Walker Street, Northcote will be managed by HousingFirst who will deliver supportive tenancy management and maintenance services for a 20-year period.

About the project

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The project is located on Homes Victoria land at Walker Street, Northcote.

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The project will deliver 257 homes including 106 social homes and 151 market homes with a mix of 1-, 2- and 3-bedrooms.

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All new homes will be more comfortable and less expensive to heat and cool with a 5-star Green Star energy rating, and 7-star NatHERS average rating.

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New quality green spaces and landscaped courtyards will be provided for residents and the wider community to enjoy.

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The redevelopment will include a new community room/ artist studio.

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There will be better pedestrian access and connections through the site and to surrounding neighbourhood.

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  • Construction of social and market housing commenced


  • Completion of social and market homes

    Mid 2025

Community engagement

Community engagement continues to be an important element of the Walker Street, Northcote project.
Previously, Homes Victoria established a Community Consultative Committee for the site that brought together members of the community to help plan the future of the project. As this project is now underway with plans in place, the Northcote Community Committee has now closed. Homes Victoria together with our project partner MAB, would like to thank former Committee members for their support for this project over past years. The Committee played an instrumental role in shaping the project and their valuable advice and input will benefit the community for many years to come.
We also extend our thanks to the wider community in Northcote for their understanding while construction works are underway.

Frequently asked questions

What is social housing?

Social housing is an umbrella term that includes community housing and public housing. 

What is community housing?

Community housing is affordable, long-term housing that is managed and supported by a community housing provider. Community housing providers are experienced, not-for-profit organisations that provide tenancy management and maintenance services, as well as community building and social support services. The future Northcote housing site will be managed by community housing provider, HousingFirst. 

Who is eligible to live in community housing?

Community housing is allocated to people through the Victorian Housing Register including people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, older women, Aboriginal Victorians, and people with a disability.

What is public housing?

Public housing is long-term housing that is managed and supported by the Victorian Government. The Office of Housing provides tenancy management and maintenance services as well as community support services

Will renter conditions stay the same under community housing?

Relocated renters will have a right to return to the new homes once they are completed, and they will retain their existing tenancy rights and conditions including a secure lease.

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